Today I bought two sets of Shinkansen tickets for my trip in March. I’m traveling from Tokyo to Hiroshima and then from Hiroshima to Osaka around middle of the month. I bought the tickets online here and had them shipped home to me. Included was a ticket on the Narita Express which goes from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station. Exciting times!
I start out in Tokyo on 2 March and spend 5 glorious days wandering in the city that I love to wander in. I probably end up at the Lion Beer Hall more than once for some beer and a plate of their stew.
Then on to Hiroshima for 5 days and seeing the sights there. I think people believe its a somber place but there is also a quiet joy that how it survived and what its done is there for all to see.
Finally, I bullet train to Osaka for 5 days and wander another city I have not been in. Its a joy to be getting closer.
Then I fly on to Vietnam and spend a long time in Hanoi. But first, its the Shinkansen trains that will take me at their speed to places not been. Time is getting closer and I could see it today as I also bought my data SIM card for my iPhone 7 plus. Its easy to get a data only SIM card and use it for hangouts or facebook messenger calls. I can do the same as I travel on.
But first things first. I have another 5 weeks at work and then that goes away. Then a month to get things organized here and bid farewell to a few people. I will miss work. They have been really good to me. I appreciate the money and the friendships there but like I told someone when they asked me to reconsider,
I love work but this is my life. Only a few times to spin the wheel and find a place or two I can call home and see things differently.
And that’s what it really is all about. Seeing things differently and being a part of that difference.